6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 28, 2012 7:58 AM by Christopher Murphy
Windows Tech Level 1 (0 points)

I have a small production client looking to run 1 workstation running Mac Lion 10.7.3 and two work stations running Windows7 64 bit. They will all be talking to the same storage array through 8Gb FC. What is there most cost effective way to do this?

Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • cinedigital Level 1 (0 points)

    The Windows client machines would neeed to run Quantum StorNext to work with XSan.


    This is expensive - around £2K per seat


    If you are looking to be cost effective, do you really need to run 8Gb fibre to all the clients?


    What kit do you already have and what kind of work is being done?

  • Windows Tech Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for your help.


    The client has already made the jump to 8Gb including HBA's, switch and RAID Storage.


    The other question will be if they need a seperate Mac Server to run the Meta Data or are they able to use the current Mac they are running to do this?


    The Mac is a 201073 model they say with 12 Dual Core 2.66Mhz processors and 16 GB of Memory. This system is currently doing rendering. It has the XSAN Client but I understand for the solution to work they need to also run XSAN Server on a MDC.

  • Blaidd Drwg Level 1 (95 points)

    For best performance, your metadata controller should be dedicated to that role. An Xsan volume controlled by a Mac that is doing renders will be pretty slow.

  • Windows Tech Level 1 (0 points)



    Do you think then the best bet is for the client to buy a Mac Mini for use as the MDC? Is XSAN Server included in the OSX package?

  • Blaidd Drwg Level 1 (95 points)

    A Mac mini with Server would be the cheapest option for an MDC.


    Xsan is included with the OS in Lion and Mountain Lion. Xsan Admin comes with OS X Server and is required (on the MDC) to configure and manage the Xsan.


    Be sure you are using compatible versions of Xsan and StorNext:



  • Christopher Murphy Level 3 (555 points)

    Mac Mini with Lion Server includes XSan MDC support, so yes you can use it as an MDC but it needs access to the LUNs via FC. So you will need a Thunderbolt to 8Gb FC.


    Because of the dependency on FC and dedicated MDCs, I see minimal advantage to XSan over open source solutions. I'd seriously consider unwinding this FC solution, and go 10GigE with an NFS based NAS. This requires no MDCs, and it's cross platform without fees, and you get away from FC, and it's scalable.


    What are the big changes in XSan in Mountain Lion? Any?